The supreme ruler of the United States, or sovereign, was always intended by the founders to be “We the people”! This was the reason that the framers of our Constitution put those words in large bold letters to symbolically emphasize that point! The overwhelming number of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, today agrees that “We the people” are no longer the sovereign! Our power has been coopted by an oppressive federal government, and their endless laws and regulations, with NO hope of reforming itself!
There was one primary reason that the framers put checks and balances into the political structure of our government! They knew, based on the logic of some of the most brilliant philosophers in history, that, despite our many technological advances, the true nature of man has never, nor will ever, change! There will always be some/many within our society, and our government, that will have malicious intent. That malicious intent in the hands of those with power will often result in that power being abused against the people, and/or with only selfish regard, regardless of political party! The result of the fallible nature of man is, that despite the amazing document that the framers of the Constitution gave us; the Supreme Court has repeatedly misinterpreted it over the ages! This has given us a nearly completely different Constitution than the one that the framers so carefully crafted, but unfortunately is what we follow, for the most part today, instead of the original intent of the Constitution!
But the framers of our Constitution gave us recourse to deal with an out of control federal government in the second part of Article V of the Constitution expressly intended for our current circumstances. Article V gives us the ability to restore the checks and balances that have been breached by the out of control federal government, which has NO motivation to control itself!
Article V states: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, [or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof…] The bracketed segment is the relevant part. To clarify, it’s states upon application of two thirds (34) of the State legislatures; Congress SHALL call a convention for proposing amendments. They have NO choice in the matter, as Alexander Hamilton referred to in Federalist 85. It is simply a meeting to discuss proposing amendments that still must be ratified by three fourths (38) of the States! It is NOT a Constitutional Convention, or “Con-Con” as some of the naive opponents refers to it as. Historical precedent has proved that ALL 34 applications have to have virtually the same subject, which is why, despite over 400 previous applications; there has NEVER been an Article V Convention of States!
To oppose the effort of the Convention of States Project is to oppose the restoration of Liberty as the framers envisioned it! There are other Article V efforts from both sides of the aisle, but they have NO chance of success due to lack of sufficient support to get the requisite 34 States due the lack of coordination to achieve matching applications of the same subject they wish to achieve! The Convention of States Project is the ONLY effort that is coordinated to restrict the size, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government in a coordinated Grassroots effort!
If you believe in the sovereignty of the people, as individuals, to restore the necessary checks and balances the framers intended, then it is your DUTY to learn about the Convention of States Project with an open mind, and join us to reinstitute those checks and balances on Washington, and power to the people! The new restrictions will restrict those in both parties. Rightfully so, because integrity and character, or the lack thereof, don’t know parties as James Madison referred to in Federalist 51! Please go to www.conventionofstates.com for more information, and to sign up to support the project by letting your states legislators know that you want them to call for an Article V amendments convention of States, or donate money for the effort if you can!
There is NOTHING to fear! If there is even a chance of moderate success then we MUST do our duty, as the framers did! We don’t need to risk our lives as they did. The checks and balances built into the Article V process restrict the so-called “runaway convention”! I’m much more afraid of our runaway federal government than the virtually impossible runaway “Con-Con” (Constitutional Convention)! Benjamin Franklin was asked by a woman, as he was leaving the one true Constitutional Convention, Mr. Franklin, What did you give us? He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” It’s up to “We the people” to ensure the success of our republic!